State is putting up roadblocks to Hawaii's native language, says someUPDATED 5:36 PM HST Aug 04, 2013Video Transcript
A native Hawaiian claims the state is putting up roadblocks to Hawaii's native language. He says efforts to communicate in Hawaiian, actually landed him in court. KITV4's Paul Drewes explains. nat of hawaiian in ceremony The Hawaiian language is used in many official ceremonies and state events. After all it is one of Hawaii's two official languages. nat of daniel poi pounding pkg For Daniel Anthony, speaking Hawaiian is not only an important part of his life, he feels it sends the right message to his children. 20:50-21:00 "my children go to hawaiian language schools, raising the next generation to be proud of their culture and to live their culture" But he's run into a problem when it comes to using the official language on official business. 21:30 -21:40 "i found it difficult to deal with any state agency in hawaiian. Extreme disrespect and discrimination from the state is appalling" standup@9:17-9:25 "That is why Daniel claims he cannot get a driver's license. His repeated requests to take the exam in Hawaiian gets denied every time he's tried." 20:38-20:48 "i kea ke kai ka naka olelo hawaii, my name is daniel anthony does anyone here speak hawaiian. I was laughed and told to leave and told i had to speak english." nat@36:40 "good morning, your honor mr. Anthony is present in the courtroom along with his interpreter" His attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming Hawaii's courts don't have jurisdiction over Native Hawaiians because there was no treaty of annexation. But also adds, the state constitution upholds the Hawaiian language. 31:25 "because its recognized in the constitution it does provide him certain rights and protections" Anthony is taking a stand in traffic court, to force the state to allow one of its official languages to be used, and to encourage native Hawaiians to speak up -- in Hawaiian. 23:28 "why would we have children spend 12 years in Hawaiian language and not apply it, in the same state that funds the school" Paul drewes KITV 4 news. Daniel has had success before changing the state's stance on Native Hawaiian issues. He pushed for traditional poi practices to be allowed without health department approval -- it is now exempt from regulation. His traffic case was continued until later this month.